Back to School: 4 Tips for Disciples of Christ

1. No Matter How Young You are You still Set the Example of Christ.
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” -1 Timothy 4:12

Too many times we think that our lives do not matter in the long run for Christianity because we are still young and still have lives to live. I believe this is wrong thinking. You do matter! You matter a lot when it comes to your friends, your parents, and yes…even your teachers! People are watching you and you have a chance every day to either show Christ or not in every classroom.

2. Sometimes You May Be Made Fun Of (aka “Persecution”)
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evils against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.” –Matthew 5:12

One way to know you are doing something right in proclaiming the gospel is that sometimes you will be ridiculed. I always said, “I was being made fun of.” It hurt. The pain and embarrassment is always a reality. Yet, the glory of the gospel is that our future has already been told to us. We have a GREAT reward in heaven.

3. Know How to Handle It

Remember, you are the example of Christ within your schools! So one way to know how to handle it is to know how Christ handled persecution.

a. Don’t fight back.
“Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness or you’ll be like him yourself.” Proverbs 26:4

b. May need to keep silent towards those persecuting you
“and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously” 1 Peter 2:23

c. May need to talk to Your Authority

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”-Rom 13:1-5

It is okay to talk to those who are in authority over you. They were placed there by God and He may use them for your protection. Do not be ashamed to talk to anyone about what is going on.

4. Finally, Know What You are Proclaiming

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…” 2 Timothy 1:8-10

It is important to know what you are proclaiming through your life. It is the GOSPEL! How you handle every situation. How you talk. How you act. All those things say, “I follow Christ!” It is not about a check list of do’s and don’ts but a realization of what God has done in our own lives and therefore how we act towards others.

Remember, even though you are young, YOU MATTER!

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